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Michel Barnier to discuss Brexit with local and regional leaders  

​Reforms of EU's cohesion and agriculture policy also focus of #CoRplenary

On 6 December from 11am Michel Barnier, the European Union's Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the Union, will discuss Brexit and its impact on regions and cities with local leaders from all the EU's member states. His visit to the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels comes on the eve of UK parliaments crucial vote on the agreed Withdrawal Agreement


5 December, 15:00: EUbudget: the future of cohesion policy – debate with EU Commissioner Cretu

The CoR will adopt several recommendations in response to European Commission proposals to reform two major EU policies – namely the cohesion and the common agricultural policy – which look to improve major funding tools such as the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Fund for Territorial Cooperation. Corina Crețu, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, will address the CoRs' members discussing the future of cohesion policy shortly before the CoR adopt a series of opinions on the topic, including one on the EU funds' Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) led by co-rapporteurs, Catiuscia Marini (IT), President of the Umbria Region and of the PES group, and Michael Schneider (DE), State Secretary of the Land of Saxony-Anhalt and President of the EPP group.

6 December, 11:00-12:30: UK's Withdrawal Agreement – debate with Michel Barnier

During the #CoRplenary debate, Michel Barnier and the 350 local and regional leaders will debate the consequences of Brexit, how to cushion the impact and ways to maintain cooperation among local and regional governments in the EU27 and the UK after the UK's leaves the European Union.

Michel Barnier last addressed the CoR in March 2017, when he set out the roadmap for negotiations. The CoR in the following 18 months, has conducted a mapping exercise to ascertain the potential impact of the UK's withdrawal on regions and cities. The CoR, which has met regional and local representative of devolved administrations and local governments in the UK, has also conducted an economic survey of local and regional authorities and local chambers of commerce, commissioning a study on the impact of Brexit. In May 2018, the CoR adopted a political resolution calling for the EU to ensure that local and regional authorities are not "left to deal on their own" with challenges created by Brexit.

The assembly will adopt recommendations on the following proposals linked to the EU budget:

Other reports to be adopted during the #CoRplenary:

Practical information for #CoRplenary:

  • Where: Paul Henri Spaak building – Hemicycle, European Parliament. The plenary will be streamed live on the CoR's website.
  • When: Tuesday, 5 December, 3pm-9pm; Wednesday, 6 December, 9am-1pm.
  • Background material: The plenary agenda & documents.